Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations
A Comprehensive hearing evaluation is performed by a Doctor of Audiology and will help to determine if you have hearing loss and the degree and type of your hearing loss. Only then can an appropriate treatment be recommended. Hearing tests are also for the purpose of fitting, selection, adaption and slae of hearing aids. First, the audiologist will examine your ears for possible physical causes like excessive wax build-up or infection. Then, testing is performed in a sound booth and the doctor will measure your ability to detect sounds at various frequencies or pitches. Tympanometry and acoustic reflex testing are also conducted to evaluate any underlying medical conditions. We are able to test patients of all ages.
Hearing Device Consultation
After carefully assessing the results of your audiological evaluation, type and degree of hearing loss, the audiologist will determine whether your condition might be treated medically and will make an appropriate referral to a licensed physician for you, if necessary. Only ten percent of hearing losses may be helped medically. If your hearing loss is not medically treatable, the Audiologist will consider other critical factors such as your lifestyle, personal preferences, overall health and communication needs to determine if there is a need for hearing device(s); more specifically, the type of hearing device(s) and whether one or two devices are needed. Your Audiologist will provide various solutions and recommendations well matched to your individual needs for remediation. We have a variety of hearing devices and/or assistive listening devices for you to look at and choose from in the office.
If custom hearing devices are chosen, your audiologist will take an impression of your ear, which is an exact duplicate of the contours of your ears. Your audiologist will then electronically mail these impressions to the manufacturer to make your hearing devices, which are carefully replicated, for the best fit possible.
Hearing Device Fitting
After you and your audiologist have selected a solution, your hearing devices will be adjusted according to your hearing loss, utilizing a computer and tested via real ear verification measures in a test box as well as in your ear to assure they are performing maximally. The audiologist will discuss communicating while wearing hearing instruments, encourage you to practice inserting and removing the hearing instruments, and instruct you in cleaning and caring for your hearing instruments as well as proper battery use and, depending on the devices chose, show you how to use the battery charger.
Your part in this process is to wear our new hearing devices in your regular surroundings during your thirty-day evaluation period. You may even want to keep a diary to record your impressions of the sounds you hear. Based upon how well you can hear in your everyday surroundings, your audiologist may make additional adjustments to your hearing devices if necessary. Regular follow-up appointments are essential to assure your complete satisfaction.
Real-Ear Verification Measures
This is an important verification measure in our hearing device fittings and consultations. We verify that each device is accurately fit for the patient's particular hearing loss. Live or recorded speech and other sounds are presented to the listener's hearing device and the results are measured at the patient's eardrum. These results are displayed in real time on a video monitor which also displays the patient's hearing thresholds, uncomfortable listening levels and the amount of sound necessary to make vowels and consonants audible. Our patients and their families are able to observe, on the screen, the improvement in hearing in comparison to their hearing loss. If needed, the hearing device is adjusted and the results of those adjustments are measured and monitored in the video screen in real time.
If the patient reports difficulty hearing a specific voice, for example their spouse, that person's voice can be measured and adjusted directly at the eardrum to make sure that the hearing device is property programmed within the limits of the hearing loss.
Hearing Loss Simulation
Simulations are important because the topics we discuss with patients and their families, such as hearing, hearing loss and hearing devices, are complex, technical subjects that are difficult to explain. Simulations are very effective at demonstrating the patient's hearing loss. This is helpful for the spouse and family members to hear what it's like for their loved one to understand conversation, why their loved one always complains about it sounding like people are mumbling, as well as what it will sound like for them with a hearing device. This demonstration can help to emphasize the importance of speaking clearly and making sure your face is visible for lip reading. For the patient with hearing loss, this demonstrates how amplification would benefit them. With hearing conservation, we can demonstrate to noise-exposed workers, or young people who listen to loud music what their hearing loss might be like if they do not start wearing hearing protection or decreasing the volume.
Hearing Device Repairs and Maintenance
Most hearing devices, whether they were purchased from The Hearing Clinic or not, can be repaired in the office or can be sent to a manufacturer for repair. We use a special vacuum to remove any debris from the microphone port, speaker port and/or earmold. We can also change wax filters, slim tubing and earmold tubes.
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
ALDs are often used to supplement hearing devices so that you can enjoy life and easily perform your daily activities. Such devices include amplified telephones, TV listening systems, alarm clocks, cell phone amplifiers, personal listening systems and more. Various devices are available to help complete the full package of better hearing and communication.
Custom Hearing Protection Devices
Many custom ear pieces can be made to protect your ears or hearing. Examples include earplugs for swimming, hearing protection for hunters, motorcyclists, race car fans or musicians. These examples are only the beginning. Do you have a spouse that sores and keeps you awake? We ca also make ear plugs for sleeping!
Custom Ear Pieces
Custom earpieces can be made for cell phones as well as for MP3 players.
Loaner Hearing Devices
Loaner hearing devices are available for patient use while their instruments are in need of being sent to the manufacturer for service and/or repair.